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Writers' Cafe / Looking for some advise
« on: April 13, 2018, 11:18:23 AM »
So, here's my dilemma...
My first in series was written 4 years ago. Needless to say, I've learned a lot since then. The biggest mistake I made was not having a good editor. And my ranking and reviews show it-they're all over the place. The book has a 3.5-star average, with lots of 2 and 4 stars. In January of this year, I put a new edition up that was professionally edited AND proof-read. All the reviews since then have been 4 or 5 stars. But I can't get past the negative reviews from the old edition. I'm thinking of unpublishing and then republishing the new edition. I'll lose all the review, good and bad. There are 63 reviews total, I'm not loosing 100's, but I am starting over!
Some advice from you all would be great!

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Writers' Cafe / How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 27, 2018, 05:48:33 AM »
All I've seen in the headlines this week it problems with facebook. I'm wondering if this will change the way we market our books and build our platform? My husband would like nothing better than to see me close down my account. I've gone in and blocked any apps that I don't use (holy cow there was a ton of them!). I'm willing to see if real changes are made that will actually make a difference. There are so many that use it! How are the rest of you reacting to this new security problem facing the public?

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It's that time again! If anyone wants to join my cabin, this is our 4th year, let me know. We have a great time

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Writers' Cafe / Wondering about a email
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:28:21 PM »
I'm running a freebie promo on one of my books and as a result, I got an email from this group
 books.noisetrade.com
Has anyone had experience with them?

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Writers' Cafe / From the South?
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:09:08 AM »
If you're from the southern US and spend time on facebook, I've started a private group, jut for us!
Writers of the South (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2436453336578992/?ref=bookmarks )
I hope you'll join us. I for one know there is a different way things are looked at from down here, and sometimes it's nice to talk to others who experience the same thing...
You know: 'gator is a real word, ice tea is always sweet, and craker isn't just a flat salty food!

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Writers' Cafe / What's a girl to do?
« on: December 27, 2017, 04:41:02 PM »
I've been working on taking my current series (2) out of KDP select and putting them on D2D. So far that feels like a smart move.
But now I'm getting ready to launch a new series and wondering if I should put it in select for the first 90 days and then go wide with it.
Any opinions?

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Writers' Cafe / Planning ahead
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:57:26 PM »
December 1st and (don't ask me why) I I've started thinking about goal setting for 2018. How many of you write done your goals and set concrete timelines? (I think I was procrastinating on the billing, letting my mind wander, lol)

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Writers' Cafe / Fancy formating for windows?
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:40:53 PM »
sorry if this has come up...
Is there anything out there in the same class as Vellum only for window/word?

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Writers' Cafe / Select:All in? How Long?
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:06:02 AM »
I have a decision to make about the books I have in KDP Select. How long do I keep the books in? If they are part of a series should I keep all of them in? I have been debating taking out the first few books and going wide with them, keeping the newest in for 6 months or so and then going wide with them, as I add new books to the series.  My pages read are not consistent. Yes they pick up after a promo, but then they start to rapidly decline again. Of course just because I'm saying this, they'll pick back up, lol.
Any suggestions or past experience?

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Writers' Cafe / A break from the Serious Side
« on: July 22, 2017, 08:49:45 AM »
:) Something a little light-hearted for a Saturday...
We all hear  about an author or artist having a muse. Do you have one?
Stephan King describes his as a cigar chewing little man in the basement...how would you describe yours, and does it come "on command" or does it take you by surprise?

I swear mine is like Tinker Bell with a bad attitude. And instead of pixie dust, she throws feather pen quills at me, jabbing me until I pay attention. She is not a well behaved muse, nope she has a mind and agenda all her own, and it never seems to jibe with my schedule.

So what about that muse?

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Writers' Cafe / Templates for book formating
« on: July 21, 2017, 04:32:30 AM »
 Has anyone used Joel Friedlander's Book Design Templates    http://www.bookdesigntemplates.com/
If so, what did you think of it?

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Writers' Cafe / Book teaches & makes me laugh at the same time
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:53:23 AM »
I've given up listening to the radio while driving-too irritating, too many commercials!
Instead I'm listening to books, mostly no-fiction/writing/craft books.
Currently I listening to Write, Publish, Repeat by Johnny Truant, Sean Platt & David Wright. Great common sense info and even better not dry! I've been laughing my way through all 24 chapters and highly recommend this book! Especially for a newbie.
What books have benefited your writing journey? Do you do audio?

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Writers' Cafe / It's like your birthday & Christmas rolled in one!
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:08:33 AM »
I'm so giddy I could dance! I just opened my mail and there it was...my book-in print!!!
Yes, it was written 4 years ago, and should be a little worn and dusty, but it feel like a new release. And so different that seeing it on Amazon (which is pretty exciting too).

I used Amazon's program, and after only a few new wrinkles, got everything formatted. It wasn't too bad, even for someone not tech savvy. I plan on doing the others as well!
Had to share with someone who would "get it", thanks! Now we can all go back to writing ;)


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Writers' Cafe / Airing out the Cabin! Last chance before role-call!
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:25:01 AM »
I've gotten the notice from Camp NaNo, so I've opened the doors to the cabin once again. Figured I would do it early to let it air out from our last camp out (someone spilt the wine in the corner-wonder who?).
Already getting campers signing up, so pack your gear and lets spend the month of July cranking out a new novel!
Plan on lots of posts, not always about writing, support, and fun! ;)

bumping- we still have room for 4

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Writers' Cafe / Cabin openings!
« on: March 29, 2017, 12:02:54 PM »
MY BAD!  I thought there was only room for 12 in a private NaNo cabin. But there are 19 bunks to fill. Sooooo...We still have a few openings if anyone is looking for a place to lay their head for Camp NaNo

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Writers' Cafe / Let me be the first to invite you!
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:16:04 PM »
I haven't been around here much-that pesty thing called life keeps getting in the way, lol
But I do enjoy doing the NaNo camps and have made so great friends in our cabins.
I've opened up my cabin and would like to welcome the first 10 people in (already have 1)
We chat, whine, and encourage so come on in and pick a bunk!

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Writers' Cafe / Now what?
« on: June 24, 2016, 04:43:58 AM »
I just pushed the publish button on book #5 in the Citrus Beach series. But now I'm at a loss about what to do next. After see the post about a KDP account being shut down for too many borrows, I'm hesitant to promote.
Does anyone have sites that they feel are "safe" other than bb?

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Writers' Cafe / Cabin for July Camp NaNo has been opened!
« on: June 11, 2016, 07:03:01 PM »
In case you missed EvenStar's Question, yes the cabin is open again for Camp NaNo.  8)   If you're interested go to NaNa first and register yourself and your project. Then contact me with your registration name and I'll send you an invite. Great advice, encouragement and lasting friendships have all come from the cabins in the past. Remember this is no kiddy camp, and we may indulge in a glass of wine or two! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / 1/2 Way Mark
« on: April 15, 2016, 12:50:15 PM »
For all of you doing Camp NaNo, today is the halfway mark.
Hope everyone is doing well and reaching their goals! Or at least getting in some words in the attempt.
Me, I just passed the 1/2 mark in my goal of 50,000. But now is not the time to slack off-it seems that something always gets thrown at me in the last week to mess up my schedule.
Care to check in and let us know how you're surviving, or post an tips for the rest of us to benefit from? ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Camp Time!
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:11:04 PM »
I got my camp NaNo email today-I can't believe it's that time again! :o
I've set up a private cabin. It you are interested, let me know.
You have to set up your project before I can send an invite, and I will need to know your user name.
We've had some great times in our past cabins, lots of chatter and encouragement, and some good laughs, too. ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Dream come true for this scrivener user
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:40:03 PM »
Finally!
I got a email from pro-writing aid that they now have a way to edit your work in scrivener. I downloaded and tried and I'm thrilled. This seems like it will be so much easier than exporting the doc into word and then using pro writer. I thought I would share the link for anyone who might be interested-know there are a lot of scrivener users out there. Hope it helps someone out!  ;D
https://prowritingaid.com/en/App/Desktop

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Writers' Cafe / Ugh, big drop
« on: February 07, 2016, 03:01:32 PM »
Looks like the tank is running on fumes! For the last 7-10 days my pages read have dropped from 500-800 a day, some days a lot higher, down to 0-30 pages.
Who just reads 5 or 10 pages at a time?
Not sure what is going on, but it's concerning :(
Okay, now that my whining is over, is anyone else seeing a drastic or sudden drop in their sales or pages read?

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Writers' Cafe / Relief!
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:38:50 AM »
The first of Dec. I released the first book in a new series, and I was very unsure of myself. It was a new genre and something I'd thought about writing for a long time. I came to you all, and my nerves were calmed and my hand was held.
Yesterday I got my first review and I thought I would share it, and thank you again for the support that was there when I needed it  :-*

Must Read
By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Do your self a favor, curl up with your favorite blanket and choice of beverage and lose yourself in this great story. I wanted to live in this town and adopt the characters as my own neighbors,etc. I can't wait for the next book.

And the reader gave me 5 stars! 

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Writers' Cafe / Will switching "voices" switch style?
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:26:11 PM »
For those of you that write in the first person, I have a few questions..
Do you write in 3rd person in any other works, and if you do is it frustrating to go from one to another.
I'm outlining a new series and I think it would be perfect if told in the 1st person. But I've never written in this voice before, well not for over 20 years, and I'm not sure if doing 1st voice will change my writing methods. Or maybe I should and challenge myself to try something total different.
I guess I'm looking for your thoughts on how it works out for your writing. ::)

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Writers' Cafe / A Sigh of relief...
« on: December 07, 2015, 06:25:01 PM »
At the beginning of the month I released a new book in a new series in a new genera. At the time I was full of self doubt and came to you for a little hand holding and encouragement. Many of you came to my aid, and I have to admit I felt much better. You all are the best!
And today I received an email that made me feel that following my heart was the correct path. I thought I'd share, okay brag, this with you. And thank you again for the support and help that I know I can always count on.

Subject
Sister Station
Message
I just wanted to let you know I finished your book. I can't wait til the next one. You made the sisters and the whole town come alive. The type of place I would love to visit or live in. Thank you for your story and I look forward to reading more of your work. God bless and Merry Christmas

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